Can we get a moratorium on parents exploiting their children for kudos and profit in the world of pop culture?
Conversations about reproductive rights routinely leave out both the trans community and the right to parent. Guess where that leaves trans parents.
When you ask most people to define ‘family,’ they’re likely going to conjure up a story of mother, father, one or more children. Straight (or perhaps bi, if they’re feeling generous), and definitely cisgender. This is the ‘family’ in the eyes of much in the nation, the one that so hotly needs to be defended […]
Note: I’m leaving this book review up although it is no longer an accurate reflection of my feelings about this book because I don’t believe in erasing history, but I do wish to note, strongly, that I don’t endorse the sentiments stated below anymore, and that my overall perception of this book is actually that it’s […]
I’m noticing a really exciting trend in the tenor of discussions about reproductive rights: The acknowledgement that women aren’t the only people who need access to abortion services, and that not all women have the capability to get pregnant. These things are interrelated and they’re powerful statements about how we’re finally starting to shift social […]
I was raised by a single father in a household with a shoestring budget — and sometimes the shoestring was perilously close to snapping altogether. He was a bartender and later an English professor, picking up an adjunct position at the junior college that paid not much better than his job at the bar, though […]
I was at the home of friends with a young child the other day, and I was troubled by an interaction I had when I arrived. It’s an interaction I commonly have in similar situations, so I don’t want anyone to think that I am singling these parents out or labeling them as bad people […]
Pop culture has many gems of wisdom to impart about parenting, how to be the best parent, and how to wow people with your parenting skills — really, it’s astounding that people can’t learn everything they need to know about parenting from television, books, and magazines. Of course, whether that’s good advice is a different […]
I frequently find myself returning to this question, because it never seems to be adequately answered. Where are the kids in pop culture? Why do we see characters who allegedly have children without their children, with kids only appearing in very special episodes or in fleeting glimpses? It is a strange negative flip of the […]
With such a limited representation of disability on television, it can be even harder to drill into specific aspects of the disabled experience; when you’re only showing a tiny slice of disabled life, you’re cutting out a lot of varied experiences within the disability community. I sat down the other day to think about depictions […]